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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Veterans

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities  as chairman include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

More on Veterans

June 13, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after the House voted with a large bipartisan majority to pass the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094) to improve accountability and whistleblower protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Two bipartisan bills authored by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) to help veterans passed the House on Tuesday. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (H.R. 2288) streamlines the benefits appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 1329) ensures that our nation’s veterans receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment as Social Security recipients
May 3, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted for a funding package that keeps the federal government operating through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends in September. The bipartisan legislation – which passed the House by an overwhelming 309-118 margin – includes a permanent fix for retired miners’ health care benefits, limits EPA overreach, drastically increases border security, and strengthens our military.
May 2, 2017 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-IL) and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to modernize the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
May 2, 2017 In The News

But unlike previous attempts, this bill would allow some veterans waiting for years on a decision to begin using the expedited path in the new veterans appeals process.

“Unfortunately, we must limit the number of veterans who can opt in, because VA is concerned that if too many veterans opt in, the new system will be overwhelmed and unable to operate successfully,” Bost said.

April 27, 2017 Blog Post

I believe the best way to represent our district is by keeping in touch with its people. That’s why I launched a 12-county tour of the 12th District during the April district work period. Stops on my tour included meetings with groups of constituents in my district offices, laying a wreath to honor our heroes at the VA cemetery in Mound City, volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Alton, reading to elementary school students in Carbondale, hearing from job creators throughout Southern Illinois, and receiving feedback from military spouses in O’Fallon.

April 18, 2017 Press Release
Congressmen Mike Bost (IL-12) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) presented Specialist Fourth Class (ret.) Stephen Baldwin with the Bronze Star Medal on Tuesday.
April 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after House passage of the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act:
April 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, convened a hearing on Wednesday morning to receive feedback from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veteran Services Organizations (VSO) on seven legislative measures affecting veterans benefits.
March 17, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost’s (R-IL) bipartisan legislation to address the growing problem of Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical centers operating without permanent directors passed the House on Friday. The VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act (HR 1131), was adopted as an amendment to VA reform legislation that now moves to the Senate for further consideration.